New COVID-19 measures amid academic calendar 2022-23 release

New COVID-19 measures amid academic calendar 2022-23 release

By QLNews

On the issued directives of The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE), the annual calendar for the 2022-2023 academic year has been released. As per the said calendar, the school staff will be starting work much earlier on 14 August 2022. Students are allowed to flock to the school corridors by 21 August 2022 followed by examinations till 16 November 2022 marking the end of the first semester. The second semester would be commencing on 25 December 2022 while the mid-term exams are expected to continue till 19 March 2023. Other important dates in the 2022-23 annual school calendar include the mid-year vacations after which the work will begin on 19 March 2023. Leaves of the school staff shall end on 17 August 2023 followed by the second round of exams for all grades from 11 July 2023 until 20 July 2023.

The intrusive nature of the coronavirus spreading in a school setting is quite a significant matter. The Ministry is very well aware of the data and information progression regarding the malignant virus and its multiple variants. On the occasion of the calendar announcement, the Ministry showcased its continued commitment to ensure and advocate implementing recommended health safety measures while continuing to proceed with an effective actionable policy.

Following the precautionary measures to counter Covid-19, MoEHE has released mandatory rules to abide by in the wake of this current health crisis globally. Rapid Antigen Tests have been made obligatory for students along with all the administrative and teaching staff. The tests need to be conducted no later than 48 hours before the beginning of the school term and are available at designed health care centers. WHO-approved Self-Test Kits can also be used for detecting infection. Results need to be brought to school to gain entrance. However, the students and employees belonging to higher education need to present the Ehteraz app at their institutions to represent their immunity status. Masks are made compulsory to effectively reduce the transmission risk of Covid 19 symptoms.

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